Dawsonera have launched their v5 Online Reader which offers a host of new features and enhancements.
The new platform offers full screen reading by clicking on the ‘expand’ icon on the right hand side above the book details.
New features include enhanced navigation using the table of contents and full text searching with hit highlighting (if your search does not highlight the keywords in the text please check if the ‘highlight’ option is selected). By clicking on an entry in the results list in the left pane of the platform you can jump to the point in the text where the search term appears.
The notes tab allows you to add notes to a pane at the bottom of the screen and a list of the notes you have created will appear on the left hand side of the screen.
You can export these notes as a text file.
You can share your notes, as the Online Reader can create a code for you to send to other users who will then be able to see your notes. You can also import notes from others by entering their codes.
Citations can be exported to both RefWorks and EndNote. Other resources will be added in the future.
Previously on the Dawsonera platform it was only possible to print one page at a time. The new platform allows page ranges to be printed. The print screen will also show you how many pages you will be able to print from the title you are using.
Dawsonera v5 Online Reader has fully responsive supported mobile and tablet versions, which include all of the same enhancements as the desktop site.
Taylor & Francis have updated their platform. Here’s a quick guide to how it looks and what has changed.
Taylor & Francis say that:
The combination of filtered search, sorting and search history brings you a far more effective tool for finding the ideal content, whether for research, course work or personal interest.
With the new look platform Taylor & Francis have introduced filters to search results that allow users to see only full or open access content.
You can then sort your results by relevance, online publication date, most read, author or by A-Z of title. Or you can filter your search by subject, publication dates, book title or author or editor.
Details of up to 10 searches will automatically be saved for you per session, showing the number of results found, which can be saved to your personal account.
Search tips are offered here: http://www.tandfebooks.com/action/doSearch
The T&F ‘news & events’ page details the new features.
The new look dawsonera ebook platform is now live. New features include:
- Searching and browsing has been improved so you can now refine your results by year of publication (using the sliding bar), category (subject) and publisher.
- You can now save searches and set up a search alert to be notified by email about new content that matches your search.
- You can now add your favourite ebooks to your bookshelf by clicking the star icon so it turns yellow.
- When viewing an ebook you can now use the slider to move through the ebook.
- When viewing an ebook, hover over the print or copy icon to see how many pages can be printed and copied. The green bar will change to yellow, then red as you near the limit of allowed pages.
For owned content the ‘Read online’ and ‘Download’ buttons have been replaced by icons. For unowned content you will see icons for ‘5 minute preview’ and ‘Suggest for purchase’.
A user guide to the new Reader Portal is here: http://libraryservices.bertrams.com/dawson/dawsonera_reader_portal_userguide.pdf
dawsonera have produced some tutorial videos about the new site, which can be accessed from the help page. They include how to download from an ebook and how to print from an ebook.
Note: Users of Internet Explorer 8 may find that some aspects of the site do not display correctly and you may need to scroll across to find the read online and download icons.
If you have any feedback or questions about the new dawsonera platform please contact the ebooks@cambridge team on email@example.com or comment on this blog post.
As some of you may have seen on the eresources etc blog, Springer have launched a new platform (http://link.springer.com) and are in the process of migrating users to it. UK users are scheduled to be migrated to the new platform during the course of today or tomorrow.
While migration for libraries is expected to be seamless, individual account holders’ accounts are not being migrated so if you have an individual account you should go to link.springer.com and set up a new profile/account.
New features of the platform include the ‘Look inside’ option which allows users to preview two pages of a book chapter that we do not have full access to. When searching there is the option to narrow search results to include only content with full access, or to broaden results to include content that we do not have access to. The ‘Recent Activity’ section allows users to see what is being read by University of Cambridge users. Chapters may be read online or downloaded as pdf files to a variety of devices, and the new site is mobile optimized.
Librarians might be interested in the free training webinars or the first few slides of the SpringerLink powerpoint, which are both available here.
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